I think switching from coffee to tea has been more challenging to my identity than going from male to female.
Like, gender is a weird amalgamation of biology and culture and was I ever really a guy anyways and all that, but I AM a coffee drinker.
"Williamson’s grasp of “the biological facts of life” is no different than pointing to the rising and setting of the sun as as clear evidence that the earth is the center of the universe. Transgender people aren’t lies in the face of facts; we’re facts that widen the truth. Williamson’s audacity to determine what Cox’s body means is a worse sin, and the consequences of an attitude so thoroughly rooted in self-serving prejudice are far darker. His essay eerily echoes centuries of white men telling black women what they are. All who value human agency and self-determination should be deeply disturbed by such ideas.”
Four ways the annual list of transgender advocates is making a difference
The title makes me swallow my tongue a bit, but that aside, I love how this feature is framed, and that it includes quotes from Tiq Milan, Laura Jane Grace, Bailey Jay, Hayden Mora, and Miss Angelica Ross.
"To be transgender is to experience trauma. I don’t like seeing myself as a victim, and I believe my friends are I are better defined by what we do rather than what’s been done to us, but this fact can’t be ignored. We are first betrayed by our bodies and then remain vulnerable in a society that fears and often hates gender variance. The trauma manifests very differently depending on race, class, age, profession, sexual orientation, gender expression, etc., but the differences in our trauma shouldn’t separate us as much as the near universal fact of it should unite us.
Any further discussion of these issues should, at the least, include earnest attempts to understand each other. More importantly, differences should be addressed not in a context of who is right, but rather how to make things better for all those who come after us. Anything less is nothing more than self-aggrandizing. We can do better.”
My attempt to understand what’s at the heart of the fight between Parker Molloy, Calpernia Addams, Andrea James, RuPaul, and their respective supporters.
I love Mey Rude’s coverage of this year’s Trans 100. For each feature, she’s found a specific way you can support these women’s efforts. Read, learn, share, support.
View, download, and share the 2014 Trans 100 (U.S.) from here. Enjoy this glimpse and learn more about a few of the many incredible trans people working in the U.S.
I’m amazed at how much more is happening in our community than any of us realize. This is just a glimpse of some of it, but one worth taking.